If you're going to write a whole OpEd complaining that people don't say "Wuhan virus" and blaming it on "wokeness", it would help to understand enough about the nomenclature that your own example "translation" doesn't drop critically important information.
It would also be useful to know what "wild-type" means, lest you claim that D614G is the original SARS-CoV-2 strain.
The @WashingtonPost has been a pretty steady source of good information throughout the pandemic—but amidst the ongoing hate and violence against people of Asian descent, did *anyone* really need an error-riddled hot take berating health officials for not saying "China virus"?

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25 Mar
There's an odd website going around right now that purports to point out twitter accounts that have a left-wing bias.

Now, I don't deny my own left-of-center leanings.

But I think the algorithms need work.

I mean, consider their report on known leftist @megynkelly. Image
Let's look at what they say about me.

I lean further left than Megyn.

But why? Here are my top influencers. Image
One of these accounts, @callin_bull, is an account I run.

Another, @stephaniemlee, is one I do retweet.

The third is really weird. @janweider is a very talented photographer who I follow, but have interacted with online only *once*, as shown below. Image
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24 Mar
1. When developing COVID testing protocols, it
is critical to know the sensitivities of alternative COVID testing methods and how they change over the course of an infection.

But this is hard to measure, particularly for individuals who are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic.
2. A new preprint from UIUC provides some of the best data I've seen, comparing antigen, saliva-based PCR, and nasal swab-based PCR.

medrxiv.org/content/10.110…
3. Instead of using the onset of symptoms as "day zero", they use the onset of culturable virus from nasal swab. Doing so, you get the following sensitivity curves.
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19 Mar
A thread about Michael Strevens' new book and the dismissive approach that some scientists take toward philosophy.

I'm going out on a limb here, thinking aloud beyond of my area of expertise. So what follows may be total nonsense. Consider yourself forewarned. Image
For years I've been baffled to see certain prominent science communicators—Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and others—aggressively belittling philosophy and performatively showcasing their own ignorance of the discipline. Image
None of this made sense to me until I read about what Strevens argues it is that makes science unique, and uniquely successful, his so-called Iron Rule of Explanation.
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16 Mar
The “blueprint” for the cell phone I’m posting from (including the blueprints for its components) specifies how basically every detail needs to be laid out. There’s a formal sense in which we can say the blueprint contains about the same amount of information as the phone itself.
Not so our brains. There’s not nearly enough information in our genome to specify how all the connections in our brains get wired up.

Most of that comes from learning within the environment.

The information in our brain’s structure vastly exceeds that in its blueprint.
.@mikha_ehl and I used to say that only a little bit of the information it takes to make a tiger is in the tiger’s genome. The vast majority of it is in the jungle.
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15 Mar
"College students are bombarded with liberal indoctrination on campuses. But travel can be life's greatest classroom, so let them come to Florida for a little sunshine and a lesson in how individual liberties can be preserved responsibly..." #NotTheOnion

wsj.com/articles/come-…
"So it all gets a little blurry, but Skeezer was reading aloud from the Federalist while my boy H-dawg and I were doing doing body shots off this chick from Akron—and the next thing I knew I woke up with `Liberty or Death' tattooed across my..." [dry heaves]
"Much of the spring-break travel scare revolves around the effort to discredit Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis"

"Perhaps some of his critics perversely hope that a calamitous outbreak here will give them a chance to blame Florida, the state progressives love to loathe."

h/t @bhrenton
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14 Mar
The Chicago Manual of Style is not definitive on this point. Should I use be "a" or "an" in the following?

(Leave your rationale in the replies if you like)
As many of you have noted, it depends on how you read the number 1868. The Chicago manual of style gets me that far, but doesn't tell me how that number should be read.
Further background.

This is not a date, it's reference to a deleted chunk of DNA. The abbreviation bp is short for base pair. (I'd have written it out if not for the absurdly short character limits on twitter polls).
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